Saturday, July 5, 2014

Fantasy Preview: Coke Zero 400

The Sprint Cup Series heads under the lights at Daytona for the Coke Zero 400 on Saturday.  Read below to see who I'm picking this weekend.

Tier A
Photo courtesy Jared C. Tilton
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Earnhardt has returned to his old form when he won six races in 2004, and he returns to the place of his first victory of the season.  All eyes will be on him for the Coke Zero 400, and I look for him to be strong Saturday night.

Kurt Busch

Tier B
Casey Mears
Daytona is always a track where anyone can win, and Mears usually runs well at restrictor-plate tracks.  He's a guy that always seems to be there at the end of the race, and a top 10 finish would not be unexpected.

David Ragan
Ragan's first career victory came in this race in 2011, and his other victory came at Talladega.  Ragan is a good plate racer, and he, like Mears, is always around at the end of the race.  Add that to the fact that the team's cars are fast -- his teammate David Gilliland won the pole -- and Ragan could find himself in victory lane.

Jamie McMurray
Ryan Newman

Tier C
Michael Waltrip
Waltrip only runs at the restrictor-plate tracks, so it's a no-brainer to save a better driver and pick him.  Waltrip almost won at Talladega two years ago, and he might be able to get his third Daytona victory on Saturday.

Austin Dillon

My pick to win the Coke Zero 400...Jimmie Johnson
Photo courtesy Jerry Markland/Getty Images
The Coke Zero 400 is Saturday at 7:30 p.m. EST on TNT. 

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